General surgery is the surgical specialty that focuses mainly on the abdominal organs, although some general surgeons will also perform breast cancer surgeries and thyroid/parathyroid surgeries. General surgeons perform surgeries and laparoscopic (minimally-invasive) procedures to treat common abdominal conditions like appendicitis, hernia, inflammation of the gallbladder, ulcer and other digestive and stomach problems.

Our general surgeons have additional surgical expertise. Dr. Ashwini Kumar, for example, is an expert in bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgery and surgical endoscopy. Dr. Gary Hall and Dr. R. Brandon Harrell perform breast cancer surgeries and thyroid/parathyroid surgeries. Dr. Gary Hall, Dr. R. Brandon Harrell and Dr. Eric Horvath are experts in robotic surgery.

Breast surgery

  • Axillary dissection
  • Breast surgery
  • Core needle biopsy
  • Excisional biopsy
  • Fine needle biopsy
  • Incisional biopsy
  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Preventative mastectomy
  • Sentinel node biopsy

Endocrine (thyroid, parathyroid) surgery

  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Thyroid lobectomy
  • Total thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroid surgery

Dr. Fischer, Dr. Hall and Dr. Harrell also specialize in all general surgical procedures (open and laparoscopic), including:

Hernia surgery

  • Hiatal hernia repairs
  • Inguinal hernia repairs
  • Incisional hernia repairs
  • Umbilical hernia repairs

Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Appendectomy
  • Gallbladder (cholecystectomy)
  • Stomach (gastrectomy, total and partial)
  • Treatment for peptic ulcer and reflux diseases (GERD)
  • Small bowel obstruction surgery
  • Colon and rectal procedures

Dr. Hall also performs GERD (Nissen fundoplication) and gall bladder procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.